Back to the Bush

Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA
5 min readJun 10, 2022


Sustainable Living through Regenerative Agriculture

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More and more I want to live like Selina, in the video posted below. Over there. Not here.

But for the moment, I am where I am. We are all where we are. So, we must figure out how to live more sustainably wherever we find ourselves… if that makes any sense.

Selina Nkoile is a Masai Woman who has built a beautiful off-grid homestead together with her husband Brian near the Masai Mara in Kenya. A passionate Masai girls’ education campaigner and gender rights activist, Selina has created a unique 2.5 acres off-grid homestead where nomadic culture meets regenerative agriculture.

Benefits of Living in the Bush

If you’re looking for a more laid-back lifestyle, then moving to the bush might be right for you. Here are some of the benefits of living in a rural area:

1. You’ll be able to appreciate nature more.

2. The pace of life is slower, so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings more.

3. There’s a sense of community in rural areas that you don’t find in cities.

4. You’re likely to have more space for yourself and your family.

5. The cost of living is often lower in rural areas.

If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, then moving to the bush could be a great way to improve your quality of life. There are many benefits to living in a rural area, so it’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a change of pace.

One way to live sustainably in the bush is through regenerative agriculture.

Regenerative Agriculture

The definition of regenerative agriculture is a whole-systems approach to food and farming systems that integrates four main ecological processes: photosynthesis, nutrient cycling, soil formation, and water cycle management.

In contrast to conventional agriculture, which relies on external inputs of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to maintain production levels, regenerative agriculture builds and maintains healthy soils through a variety of management practices that include but are not limited to:

Cover Crops and Crop Rotation

Cover crops are plants that are grown in between the main crop in order to improve soil health. They help to prevent erosion, increase nutrient levels, and improve drainage. Crop rotation is the practice of growing different crops in different seasons in order to prevent soil depletion.

Conservation Tillage

Conservation tillage is a farming system that uses minimum tillage. This means disturbing the soil as little as possible in order to reduce erosion and promote healthy soil.

There are many benefits to using conservation tillage, including improved soil health, increased water infiltration, and reduced erosion. In addition, conservation tillage can help farmers save time and money by reducing the need for fuel and labor.

When it comes to tillage, less is more. So if you’re looking to improve your soil health and reduce your impact on the environment, consider using conservation tillage on your farm.


Composting is one of the most important things you can do to help the environment.

Not only does composting help reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills, but it also helps create nutrient-rich soil that can be used to grow healthy plants and vegetables.

If you’re not sure how to get started with composting, don’t worry — it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Collect your compostables. You can use any organic material for compost, including fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, and even newspapers.

2. Find the right location for your compost. If you’re composting indoors, you’ll need a bin or container with a tight-fitting lid. outdoors, you can simply dig a hole in the ground.

3. Add some air. Aerating your compost will help it break down more quickly. You can do this by turning it with a shovel or pitchfork on a regular basis.

4. Keep it moist. Your compost should be damp, but not soggy. Add water if it starts to dry out.

5. Harvest your compost. After a few months, your compost will be ready to use. Use it to fertilize your garden or houseplants, or simply spread it on the ground as mulch.

Composting is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, and it’s easy to get started. Just remember to keep your compostables moist, add some air, and turn it regularly, and you’ll be able to enjoy your very own nutrient-rich compost in no time.

Animal Grazing and Manure Management

Animal grazing and manure management are important considerations for any farm or ranch operation. Grazing animals can impact the environment through their feeding habits, trampling of vegetation, and deposition of manure. Manure can contain nutrients that are beneficial to plant growth but can also contribute to water pollution if not managed properly.

Farmers and ranchers must consider these factors when developing a grazing plan that meets the needs of their animals while also protecting the environment.

In Sum

When these four ecological processes are managed in an integrated way, they create a self-reinforcing cycle of regeneration that leads to improved soil health, water retention, and carbon sequestration. The end result is a more resilient food system that is better able to withstand the challenges of climate change.

There are many benefits of regenerative agriculture, including but not limited to:

Improved soil health

Increased water retention

Carbon sequestration

Improved crop yields

Reduced dependency on synthetic inputs

Regenerative agriculture is a key piece of the puzzle in creating a more sustainable and resilient food system that can withstand the challenges of climate change.

Importance of Sustainable Living

The importance of sustainable rural livelihoods cannot be overstated. Not only do they provide a means of subsistence for millions of people around the world, but they also play a vital role in the global economy.

However, sustaining rural livelihoods is becoming increasingly challenging due to the effects of climate change, globalization, and other factors. This is why it is more important than ever to find ways to support and strengthen rural communities.

There are many different ways to do this, but one of the most important is to promote regenerative agriculture. This means supporting farmers and ranchers who are using practices that conserve natural resources, minimize pollution, and protect the environment.

It also means supporting businesses that are working to create economic opportunities in rural areas. This can include everything from developing new value-added products to providing services that help farmers and ranchers be more efficient and productive.

Bottom Line

Sustainable rural livelihoods are essential to the future of the planet. We need to find ways to support them so that they can continue to provide for us and future generations.

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Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA

Doctoral student in geography and organizational leadership. Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY-Medgar Evers College. Global social change maker.